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Leave is a retreat from stressful everyday life. It is rentable for a trip and offers everything you need for a few days. It is designed for year-round usage on lakes.

Cooperation with

Annina Stäheli

Project occasion

On the water | semester project | FHNW HGK Basel

Techniques & procedure

sketching | mock-ups | 3D CAD (Solidworks) | 3D rendering (Cinema 4D) | model making (manually) | studio photography

About This Project

Leave offers the possibility to enjoy nature around the lake and peace, undisturbed by anything.

Two water tanks, a sewage tank and a storage space, accessible through hatches in the ground, are to be found within the hull. The interior is equipped with a kitchen, a gas stove, a dining table with a bench and stools, a seating corner and a chimney oven. The control unit is hidden underneath the storage area of the seat cover and can be opened if necessary. The slate-covered bathroom with shower, toilet and sink is separated from the living room by a wall. Via a movable ladder the intermediate floor on which the bed is located is reachable.

The face of the houseboat is made of wood and mirror glass and integrates itself through the resulting reflections into the environment. The surrounding exterior area widens in the rear to a spacious terrace. On the roof are solar panels, which provide the power supply and hot water.

Leave offers space for two people, but can be modularly linked with additional Leave houseboats.